Day 1 Friday 18 October 2019 Departure/Chicago, IL
We depart Melbourne, Sydney or Brisbane and fly via Los Angeles to Chicago. We arrive the same day as we depart because we cross the International Date Line. Upon arrival we are transferred to our central city hotel.
Day 2 Saturday 19 October, 2019 Chicago
This morning we enjoy a tour of Chicago, the third largest city in the USA, with a local guide. During the tour we will see the Magnificent Mile, a part of Michigan Avenue, where exclusive shops line the wide boulevard. We also see the fourth Presbyterian Church built in the Gothic Revival style and the one hundred storeys high, John Hancock Centre. This afternoon we visit Millennium Park home to the Bean before walking across the park to visit the Arts Institute of Chicago, which has a large selection of textiles as well as a magnificent collection of European, Asian and American Art. In the evening we will enjoy a welcome dinner to meet Michelle Marvig and other tour members.
Day 3 Sunday 20 October, 2019 Chicago
This morning we visit the famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s Home and Studio in Oak Park. This home was built in 1889 to Frank Lloyd Wright’s design. It was extended in 1895 and 1898 as their family and wealth grew. Frank Lloyd Wright incorporated his new ideas into his home. We will see how advanced they were for the time. This afternoon we travel to Woodridge to visit Quilters Quest. They have great batik, oriental and modern fabrics.
Day 4 Monday 21 October, 2019 Indianapolis, IN
Today we drive south through the beautiful American countryside to Indianapolis. On arrival we will visit Quilt Quarters, a quilt shop that has been in operation for 25 years. This store stocks more than 6,000 bolts of fabric, gorgeous kits and all other quilter’s needs. After we check into our hotel Michelle will meet tour members who would like to join the group for dinner.
Day 5 Tuesday 22 October, 2019 Indianapolis
This morning we will see the White River State Park and the Indiana World War Memorial on the way to the Eiteljorg Museum. This wonderful museum showcases American Indian and Western Art. In the afternoon we will visit Crimson Tate Quilting Store. It is a vibrant store with yards of fabric, patterns, quilt and sewing supplies and design kits. The store was founded with the aim of providing all the materials necessary to create beautiful non-traditional and modern quilts.
Day 6 Wednesday 23 October, 2019 Paducah, KY
This morning we drive to Paducah, a hub for quilting shops and museums. On arrival we check into our hotel for three nights.
Day 7 Thursday 24 October, 2019 Paducah
In the morning we will visit the Museum of American Quilting, home to many award winning and historic quilts. We will see over 150 antique and contemporary quilts on display. In the afternoon we visit the famous Hancock’s of Paducah’s Fabric Store. Bring your shopping list as you browse among the rows and rows of fabrics in this huge shop. Bargains can be found in the back room. The fabric fills the floor area, the walls are covered in books and notions. Home decorator fabric and trims are also available. They will post home from the shop on the day!
Day 8 Friday 25 October, 2019 Paducah
Today we visit Must Stitch Emporium, which sells a lovely array of fabrics and quilt supplies located downtown. We will have some free time to explore the town before visiting Paper Pieces, which supplies premium quality notions and pre-cut paper pieces for English Paper Piecing. In the evening Michelle Marvig will meet those wishing to dine with the group.
Day 9 Saturday 26 October, 2019 Cincinnati, OH
Today we travel to Cincinnati, Ohio. Settled in 1788 on the north side of the Ohio River it is regarded as the first fully American city. On the journey we stop in Louisville to visit Among Friends. It is one of the largest quilt shops in the state of Kentucky, stocking five to six thousand bolts of quality cotton fabrics, over 1,000 book and pattern titles and hundreds of tools and notions. Among Friends was featured in Better Homes & Garden’s Quilt Sampler Magazine as a Top Ten Shop in 2008. This quilting store has inspiration around every corner.
Day 10 Sunday 27 October 2019 Berlin, OH
Today we will drive to Berlin the centre of Amish culture in Ohio. Amish and Mennonite people fled from Europe in the 16th century to escape religious prosecution to this area. Their descendants continue to turn their backs on the modern world. They do not use electricity or cars. It is a centre of traditional crafts including quilting. We will stop in the pretty town of Coshocton to visit the historic Roscoe Village which is a bridge to a time when the canal system changed the course of Ohio history. Visitors to this unique and picturesque Village step back into the story of Ohio’s heritage and are immersed in living history. The restored 1830’s port town has shops and cafes housed in 19th-century buildings. The tour manager will meet those wishing to dine with the group in the lobby to go to a local restaurant.
Day 11 Monday 28 October 2019 Berlin
Today we travel through stunning Ohio countryside and visit Yoder’s Amish Home for a tour of homes on a one hundred acre working Amish farm. We have the chance of an authentic Amish buggy ride and to learn about the history and customs of the Amish faith. We have time to visit Miller’s Dry Goods quilt shop. We continue to Schrocks Amish farm, which houses Berlin Craft Mall where we will find baskets, outdoor furniture, candles and local pottery. Tis the Season Christmas shop supplies wonderful Christmas decorations. We return to Berlin late afternoon which you will have the opportunity to explore Berlin and its charming shops which include Helping Hand Quilt Shop, a large shop with great prices, and Country Craft Cupboard both of which have hundreds of handmade crafts and quilts made by Amish women.
Day 12 Tuesday 29 October 2019 Berlin
This morning we visit Walnut Creek where we may visit the Copper Kettle Cannery, Walnut Creek Kitchens and other outlets for homemade jellies, mustards etc. This afternoon we travel to Sugarcreek settled by Swiss people, who were reminded by the picturesque scenery of their homeland. We will visit the Swiss Village Bakery, Swiss Village Quilts and the Music Box Chalet. We will travel around the back roads, where we will see the colourful Amish families travelling in their horse and carriages. We will visit other shops in Little Switzerland. The group will visit the Be Halt Cyclorama that is 10 feet tall and 265 feet long. It illustrates the history of the Amish and Mennonite people from the Anabaptist beginnings in Zurich, Switzerland in 1525 to the present day. This evening we will have an Amish-style dinner. This meal will feature potatoes and noodles, delectable home-made pies and other typical dishes. We will also enjoy a show at the Ohio Star Theatre at Dutch Valley.
Day 13 Wednesday 30 October 2019 Houston, TX
This morning we will drive to Cleveland for our flight to Houston, the fourth-largest city in the United States and an international business centre. Houston’s downtown area has a sense of emptiness, because there are over six miles of underground tunnels connecting more than seventy of the major businesses. They are a welcome escape from the humidity for which Houston is famous. We will enjoy a four-nights stay here. Tonight is preview night for the International Quilt Festival. We will attend preview night to be ready for the Festival activities tomorrow.
Day 14 Thursday 31 October, 2019 Houston
The International Quilt Festival opens today to the public. Be inspired by the hundreds of quilts in the special exhibitions. Meet award winning quilters on the show floor, as Quilts Inc fly them in to tell you about their winning quilts in depth. Shop the stands for all quilt related products, including antique quilts and vintage fabrics. There are a large number of classes and lectures that tour members will be able to attend. Book early, so that you are able to register for the classes of your choice. There will be classes offered in appliqué, design and all aspects of quilting, which you can book on the internet. Please contact Michelle Marvig if you require further information about classes.
Day 15 Friday 1 November, 2019 Houston
Today we visit The International Quilt Festival. There will be time to browse among the displays and buy items for future quilting. In the afternoon we will travel out to the Painted Pony N Quilts at La Porte. This store has been featured in BHG Quilt Sampler series and it’s reputation has been well earnt. 10,000+ bolts of fabric can be found in every nook and cranny in the 1930’s/Happy Room, Rainbow/Civil War Reproduction Room, Batik/Blender Room, and Sale Room. Books, notions, patterns, and there are plenty of samples to entice. Refreshments are served too! Save some space in your suitcase for this shop.
Day 16 Saturday 2 November, 2019 Houston
Today we travel to the quaint town of Le Grange for a visit to the Texas Quilt Museum. Housed in an historic 1895 building on La Grange’s town square this recently opened museum has a wealth of beautiful and historic quilts. Three displays of quilts are hanging at any given time. Next door is a fantastic shop called the Quilted Skein, which has a fabulous collection of wools and fabrics to tempt you. A variety of other shops and cafes surround the square and it is wonderful to experience a small, rural American town. We return to Houston this afternoon and the rest of the day is free or you may visit the International Quilt Festival. This evening we will enjoy a farewell dinner to say goodbye to Michelle Marvig and other tour members.
Day 17 Sunday 3 November, 2019 Departure
We will have the early morning free for independent activity before transferring to the airport for our flight to Los Angeles and on to Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne.
Day 18 Monday 4 November, 2019 Inflight
Day 19 Tuesday 5 November, 2019 Arrival Australia
The tour group arrives in Australia and the tour concludes.